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#1 nileppezdel

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:29 AM

I dont know jack about wasps or hornets. But for years now, I have seen these very large, like much larger than the normal yellow jackets, wasps that have black and white stripes, rather than yellow and black. What the heck are they?

And how come sometimes bumblebees have orange on there butt?

Please school me on this!!!!! and maybe someday I can help you out if you ever get interested in pedes or herps.

Edited by nileppezdel, 28 March 2008 - 06:30 AM.


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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:59 AM

Most likely a bald faced hornet D. maculata We need pics for a positive ID but from your description thats what it sounds like, as for the bumblebees thats their normal coloration. (there are several species of bumblebees)

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:55 AM

ya i agree with Tleilaxu... bald faced hornet is most likely. but it could also have been a mason wasp(monobia quadridens), they get realy big sometimes.

*first pic is a mason wasp. second is a bald faced hornet. did it look like either of those?

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 02:29 AM

ya i agree with Tleilaxu... bald faced hornet is most likely. but it could also have been a mason wasp(monobia quadridens), they get realy big sometimes.

*first pic is a mason wasp. second is a bald faced hornet. did it look like either of those?


looks like a bald faced hornet. Apparently they are very abundant in WI and IL, cuz I've seen em since I can remember.




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